Dutch combo Downriver Dead Men go provide an instant contrast – “Their undeniable morose and downbeat style exploring far darker territory. With a vibe similar to Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, theirs is a set of doom-laden textures, slow-building intensity and almost unrelenting tension.” Guitarist Michel Varkevisser delivers some lovely fretboard manoeuvres, channelling […]
Album Ruins will be released through Freia Music on November 24, with the vinyl release following on February 23 in 2023. The Ruins T-Shirt and Mug (limited) can already be bought in our webshop. In the meantime you can listen to our new track “Line in the Sand” on Youtube.
The Bedford in London was a blast! A huge thanks to Chris Parkins & colleagues for organizing such a great festival. Everyone was so nice! First gig in the UK is now a fact! Thanks Bryan Taylor and Marc Auger for the great pics!
The CD ‘Ruins’ will soon be shipped to all of you who ordered it through our kickstarter campaign including, if chosen, your T Shirt. For those who ordered the vinyl, you will receive a cd of Ruins as a gift. The vinyl will hopefully be available round December although nothing is certain in the world […]
On the 18th of September we will be performing at the ‘A Sunday In September’ festival in London together with Lesoir, The Gift EBB and Maud the Moth. This will be our first ever gig in the UK, we can’t wait. LONDON: The Bedford (map) Sunday 18th September, 2022 Door time: 1:00pm, Start time: 1:30pm […]
The mastering process of our new Album Ruins has finally finished. We like to thank Silvia (Studio Moskou) for doing such a terrific job, it sounds amazing. We also like to thank Floyd Raynor Atema for mixing our album, it was a difficult task but he managed to get the job done beyond our expectations. Well […]
The 4th of may is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands. To honour those who have fallen for our freedom, we made a video for the song Line in the Sand. This song was written two years ago, and is about war and all the madness that comes with it. Asking ourselves ‘who’s to decide, who […]
Go to: Our Kickstarter campaign! We have made several packages to choose from: Downriver Dead Men Pack Downriver Poor Men Pack Downriver Welfare Men pack Downriver Worker Men Pack Downriver Middle-class Men Pack Downriver Rich Men Pack Downriver Filthy Rich Men Pack Downriver Undead Men Pack Living-room concert + Poor Men Pack Downriver […]
Please follow us on Facebook to keep up with all the great reviews of Departures. Reviws seem to be coming from all around the world! Downriver on Facebook A few of the reviews can be found on: Check this superb one on www.progradar.org www.melodicmetal.it progcritique.com www.musicinbelgium.net www.darkentries.be neoprog.eu www.progwereld.org musikreviews.de proggies.ch www.streetclip.tv www.rockportaal.nl www.progwereld.org over […]
Downriver Dead Men Go is a cinematic post-rock band from Leiden, the Netherlands. Their highly anticipated third album RUINS will be released in 2022.
The new album will be another musical step forward for the band, showing a heavier side of DDMG. The songs on RUINS have a wide dynamic range, from exploding guitars to a thin whisper, exploring the boundaries of various musical and filmic styles. Cinematic post-rock in the truest sense!
DDMG previously released two critically acclaimed albums: Tides in 2015 and Departures in 2018, gathering a loyal and ever-growing fanbase. Both albums feature a mesmerizing, atmospheric, melancholic sound, ranging from post-rock to touches of prog and dark wave. Slow, sad and beautiful, they are the ultimate soundtrack to a dark and rainy day, covering themes of loss and loneliness.
A live performance of DDMG wraps you in a warm blanket of melancholia. Dark and brooding vocals, haunting, melodic guitars and imposing keyboard soundscapes, combined with low lighting and video projections, set the mood for an evening to remember.
DDMG is: Gerrit Koekebakker (vocals/guitars), Michel Varkevisser (guitars/backing vocals), Peter van Dijk (keys), Menno Kolk (bass guitar), and Marcel Heijnen (drums).
In 2022 and 2023 DDMG will be promoting their new album RUINS with live performances in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany. New dates and venues will be added soon.
The highly anticipated third album RUINS by Downriver Dead Men Go was recorded in 2021 after a very successful Kickstarter campaign. RUINS shows a darker and heavier side of DDMG, covering themes of loss, war and mental health. Expect some big and heavy guitars, combined with the beautiful, intimate melodies and haunting vocals they are known for.
Singer Gerrit: “This album is our best performance to date. We have taken our songwriting and use of dynamics to the next level. Every band member excelled in the studio. We are very proud of the new music and can't wait to get this album out into the world. We look forward to performing these songs live and seeing our fans at one of the gigs!”
The album artwork is by painter, sculptor, and good friend Daniel Martin.
RUINS by Downriver Dead Men Go will be released in 2022 on Freia Music on cd, vinyl, and on all digital platforms.
OOR: “The best-kept prog rock secret from the Netherlands”
PROGRADAR: “The musicianship on Departures is as fine a production as you could wish, oozing with slick, languid rhythms and blossoming crescendos”
NEOPROG: “A deep and dragging voice like that of Leonard Cohen, some sound experiments, sound effects, if you dive into Departures, you’re drowning”
PROGGIES: “DDMG does a really good job translating their ideas and feelings in music"
PROGWERELD: “Enjoying the most beautiful sounds, as if Ennio Morricone has joined a post-rock band”
ZINE: “Tides is the soundtrack for an imaginary film”
OOR: “Tides is a collection of stunning melodies”
PROGRADAR: “If you are partial to a bout of emotionally dark, slow rock when the fancy takes, then I urge you to buy this”